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Plan Your Arizona Adventure with Author Roger Naylor | A Discover Marana Feature

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Marana, Arizona

Learn about Naylor’s new book “Awesome Arizona”; and create your own bucket list of places to see in our great state! 

With his latest book, Roger Naylor says what needs to be said. Arizona is awesome! Naylor is bringing his take on the amazing state to the Marana Visitor Information Center to help you create your list of unexpected, historic and amazing places to visit in Marana, Southern Arizona and the entire state. 

Join Discover Marana, the official Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for the Town of Marana and the Marana Chamber of Commerce team for this special free event on Wednesday, December 6th, 2023 at 2:30pm. The event will be held at the Marana Visitor Information Center, an official Arizona Office of Tourism Visitor Center, at 13251 N. Lon Adams Road, Marana, AZ 85653.

To RSVP visit this website: https://www.discovermarana.org/events/plan-your-arizona-adventure-with-author-roger-naylor/ You can also email visitorcenter@MaranaChamber.com or call (520) 639-8040.

Awesome Arizona is an unabashed celebration of the 48th State. It’s chock full of facts, information, anecdotes, historical tidbits, humor and Naylor’s masterful storytelling. Naylor puts into words what so many others feel about Arizona. For anyone who already takes a fierce pride in his or her Arizona heritage, or who wants to learn more about this remarkable state, this is the book for you.   

Naylor will have his book available for purchase and he’ll sign it for you! 

Roger Naylor is Arizona’s premier travel writer and a member of the Arizona Tourism Hall of Fame. His two previous books, Arizona Scenic Roads and Hikes and Arizona State Parks, were both chosen as best Arizona Travel Books by the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards in 2020 and 2021.

More about the book

In Awesome Arizona, Naylor has amassed 200 amazing facts and fascinating commentary about his beloved state. He captures the essence of Arizona, from its wild and wooly past to its breathtaking scenery to its startling geology to its incredible diversity of cultures and terrain. This is the encyclopedia that lovers of Arizona have been craving.

Arizona is the sunniest state, the state with the most national monuments, and the only state that contains one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Arizona has every life zone found between Mexico and Canada. The world’s largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest spreads across the north and the south bristles with an arsenal of the country’s largest cactus.

Trees that once shaded dinosaurs are still here. This is where you can slither through the most famous slot canyon in the Southwest and visit the best-preserved meteor crater on earth. Arizona saved the unicorn. Arizona saved Route 66. The chimichanga was invented here. The world’s largest antique is a major tourist attraction and the booze flows like water in the nation’s second smallest bar. You might encounter Bigfoot or spot a UFO. You can definitely take a selfie with the world’s largest kokopelli, kachina doll, and rosebush.

About Roger Naylor

Naylor is the official narrator of the Verde Canyon Railroad. His work appears most weeks in the Arizona Republic. He has also written for The GuardianUSA TodayThe WeekCountry MagazineArizona Highways, and dozens more. He is the author of several books including The Amazing Kolb Brothers of Grand CanyonBoots & Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry HikersArizona Kicks on Route 66, and Crazy for the Heat: Arizona Tales of Ghosts, Gumshoes, and Bigfoot. For more information, visit www.rogernaylor.com.

About the Marana Visitor Information Center 

Whether you’re a tourist or a local interested in history, outdoor adventures, or simply experiencing the charm of a small Arizona town, the Marana Visitor Center provides information on historical landmarks, recreational activities, cultural events, and local businesses. Call us at (520) 682-4314 for more information.

About Discover Marana

Discover Marana the official destination marketing organization for the town of Marana, Arizona.

For more information about Discover Marana and its programs, visit DiscoverMarana.org


Stefanie Boe, Discover Marana


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